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This Buccaneers-49ers Trade for Matt Breida Could Work

Max Staley
Matt Breida could be a solid trade target for the San Francisco 49ers.
Matt Breida could be a solid trade target for the San Francisco 49ers. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers revamped their offense by replacing Jameis Winston with Tom Brady this offseason. Now with the Buccaneers, Brady will be throwing to one of the best receiving corps he's ever worked with. Although, over the last couple years, he's relied on a solid running game as well – something that, as of now, he won't have in Tampa Bay.

The team could look to address that in the NFL Draft, though the Buccaneers could also target a low-cost trade. San Francisco 49ers' running back Matt Breida would certainly fit the bill.

With Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerrick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. in the fold, Breida could be on the move this offseason. Though he lost playing time down the stretch, he was productive when given the chance last season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and racking up 623 rushing yards in 13 games.

He's a restricted free agent, though, and the team placed a second-round tender on him, but San Francisco could also opt to trade him, as a second-round pick would likely be too high of a price for most organizations.

The Buccaneers have two fourth-round picks, and parting with one could be enough to land Breida. He''d be an excellent complement to Ronald Jones, and he'd be a more proven, reliable option than drafting an RB with a mid-round pick.

Notably, the 49ers don't have a single pick in Rounds 2-4, so restocking in the mid-rounds by shipping off a rotational player would be an excellent move.

This trade could be a win-win for both sides, as it would fill a need in Tampa Bay and help San Francisco get some much-needed draft capital.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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